92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($42; 15.8% alcohol) Opaque purple. Ripe black and blue fruits on the nose and the palate, with sexy floral pastille and spicecake qualities and a hint of smoky herbs. Lush, palate-staining and focused, with strong finishing thrust and lingering spice and sweet blueberry notes. Nothing shy about this one, but there's unlikely elegance as well.
95 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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